Pittsburgh Pirates at Colorado Rockies Free Pick

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The Colorado Rockies will play host to the Pittsburgh Pirates at Coors Field. This NL matchup gets underway at 3:10 p.m. ET and fans can watch it on either ATRM or ATPT.

Pittsburgh Pirates vs. Colorado Rockies Odds

Pittsburgh (+110) is the underdog against Colorado (-120) and Vegas has the Over/Under for this one at 11 runs (+100 for the over and -120 for the under). Runline odds sit at -190 for betting the Pirates +1.5 runs and +165 for the Rockies -1.5.

The Pirates are 57-56 SU and have gone 53-60 against the spread (ATS). They’ve gained 0.0 units for moneyline gamblers, despite having lost 9.7 units ATS. The Rockies, on the other hand, are 60-52 SU and 59-53 ATS. The team has gained 8.1 units for moneyline bettors and 6.3 units ATS.

Rockies games have an over/under record of 50-56-6 in 2018. Pittsburgh has an over/under record of 54-51-8.

Right-hander Chris Archer is the probable starter for the visiting Pirates. Archer is 3-5 with a 4.40 ERA and 108 strikeouts. He has yet to face the Rockies this year and did not record a start against them in 2017, either.

The Rockies will put the ball in the right hand of German Marquez (9-8, 4.70 ERA), who’s got 129 strikeouts and 43 walks this season as well as a 1.35 WHIP. Marquez is 1-0 with six strikeouts and a 3.00 ERA in one start against Pittsburgh this year.

As a unit, Colorado’s pitching staff has allowed 4.8 runs per game overall in 2018. The club’s starting pitching staff has a 4.24 ERA, 1.29 WHIP and 8.4 strikeouts per nine innings. The bullpen has a 5.17 ERA, 1.44 WHIP and 8.9 K/9.

Colorado’s hitters are putting up 4.7 runs per contest, including 3.6 per game over its last 10 games and 3.2 per game over their last five. The team’s hit .194/.269/.333 over its last five matchups and is 2-3 SU during that span.

The Rockies’ hitters have been led by Nolan Arenado, who is slashing .306/.389/.588 with 29 home runs, 81 RBIs and 75 runs scored.

In the visiting dugout, Pittsburgh’s pitching staff allowed 4.5 runs per game and its starters own a 4.21 ERA, 1.31 WHIP and 7.33 K/9. The bullpen has an ERA of 4.21, along with a WHIP of 1.31.

Pirates hitters have slashed .253/.322/.413 on their way to 4.5 runs scored per game in 2018, including 3.5 runs per game over the team’s last 10 games and 2.8 per game over the team’s last five contests (1-4 SU).

Corey Dickerson has provided a spark to the Pittsburgh offense. Dickerson is slashing .314/.348/.508 with 11 home runs, 44 RBIs and 50 runs scored.

The Rockies just took the previous game in the series by shutting the Pirates out 2-0.

Pittsburgh Pirates vs. Colorado Rockies MLB Prediction

Predictions: SU Winner – Rockies, ATS Winner – Pirates, O/U – OVER

Betting Notes

  • The over has hit in three of Colorado’s last seven games.
  • The Pirates have hit seven home runs in their last 10 games. The Rockies have hit 12 over their last 10.
  • Pittsburgh fielders have 11 errors over the last 10 games, compared to three errors for Colorado over its last 10.
  • The Pirates have lost four of their last five games SU.